More than 300 people participated and 36 heart transplant recipients and their family members attended the Heart & Sole Walk on Saturday, October 15, to support heart transplant recipients and to
encourage organ donation. The walk was organized by The Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Newark Beth Foundation.
This year’s event raised $55,000. Newark Beth Israel and the family of Mary Anne Ahearn, a heart transplant recipient in 1990, originally joined together to plan the walk to raise money in her memory. Mary Anne Ahearn lived almost 12 years after her transplant before succumbing to an unrelated
illness. Inspired by the spirit of giving that filled every day of Mary Anne’s life, the money raised by the Heart & SoleWalk will support patients of the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program.
In addition to a walk around Verona Park’s lake, the participants were able to enjoy a Kids’Walk, entertainment for children, as well as music and refreshments. The Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program is New Jersey’s oldest and most experienced heart transplant center, having performed nearly 650 life-saving heart transplants. It remains among the most active in the country, ranking fifth in the nation by volume, with long-term graft survival rates that consistently exceed national benchmarks. The experienced team offers patients and families premier care and ongoing support.